Holy Moly We’re Pregnant!!!
I guess doctors aren’t always right.
There is a lot to be said about knowing your own body. There have been many times I have put my complete trust in a doctor and most times it was in my best interest. However, when it came to our infertility I just didn’t believe the specialist when he told us, “you won’t get pregnant on your own. Your only option is IVF.” In my heart I truly felt if we were meant to have another child and it WOULD happen naturally. Though it did take my mind months to catch up with my heart.
It wasn’t easy. I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster. I became a little depressed, I gained weight and just felt pissed. I had been going to acupuncture for 5 months and decided it was time to stop my sessions. I needed to let go. Truly and completely let go of all this baby making business. So I surrendered.
About later, I got a positive pregnancy test. The test didn’t even need the two minutes for it to say I was Pregnant. I sat there thinking, “what? What? WHAT???” Then I jumped up and literally pulled my sleeping husband out of bed and into the bathroom. “What?!?!” I said to him. We both laughed. He said, “take another test!” After the second test said the same thing we both sat on our bed laughing, crying and hugging. We are still a bit shocked this happened naturally.
Today, I am 13 weeks pregnant. The morning sickness is still hanging around. I am hopeful it will let up soon. Above all, I (we) are so happy! The baby is growing and looking very healthy and we feel so blessed!
What’s on the Menu?
I’m sure a lot of you are wondering what I am eating! Am I still vegan? Have I transitioned to vegetarian? Am I eating meat? Well here’s the truth: when I began having infertility issues I was very reluctant to look at my diet as a way to improve infertility issues. I was stubborn and although I heard the many suggestion from my midwife and herbalist friends to simply eat eggs, I refused. I refused to accuse my diet of being part of the problem.
When I started going to acupuncture I was asked again to try incorporating eggs back into my diet. “Ugh, fine, I will give it a try,” I thought. I slowly began incorporating eggs. I figured if this worked, I could just eliminate them again once the baby is born. If it didn’t work well then, I’ll give it a year. The vegan lifestyle has worked very well for me for the past 2 years. I am so proud of myself for committing to it for that long. I felt great on the diet, I had high energy and I truly felt guilt free and proud of what I was putting into my body. Life was good. It was good until I started having fertility problems. A second baby was really important to me and although I do not solely credit the eggs, I do feel they helped.
Today, with eggs back in my diet, I feel balanced. I feel, whatever this baby needs to grow and be healthy, I have an open mind. I have learned being vegan is not for everyone’s body all the time. Whether or not I will go back to being a vegan after this baby is born, I simply don’t know. What I do know is, BALANCE is the most important part of anyones diet. Balance is what I feel right now and I am happy and so grateful.